October 25, 2011
Today in Cincinnati, The Brandery, a startup accelerator that offers a handful of startups a 12-week program that includes $20K in financing as well as access to their partners, mentors and other resources, launched its most recent class of startups. The Brandery was one of the top startup accelerators in our rankings this past May so we were interested to see the latest class. The packed house at Demo Day got to see some great pitches from eight startups plus a special talk by Twitter President Andy Bain.
The eight companies that launched today are as follows:
Choremonster is a suite of web and mobile applications that allow parents and kids to actually enjoy doing their daily chores. Each child can gain points by completing a chore, which they can save up for real life rewards, such as an Xbox, iPad or even a canoe trip. Not only can they obtain real life rewards, but as chores are completed, the child will be able to collect and trade more than 250 different monsters.
Keepio invites collectors and enthusiasts to buy or sell items they want or own among other trusted friends. Collectors and enthusiasts use Keepio to keep track of their goods and interests, and then buy, sell or share their belongings within public or private groups. Keepio also offers a plug-in product for existing forums and communities focused on discussion of products, collectibles, and memorabilia.
Leap is a fun, visual mobile app that empowers you to get healthier with friends and family through photo-based group challenges. Create meaningful health journeys and compete with the people you know and trust by taking pictures of healthy meals and activities along the way. With Leap, getting healthy is as easy as snapping a photo.
Receept is a platform for tracking personal purchase history via delivery and aggregation of purchase receipts. Their goal is to help consumers save and organize their own purchase history and enable merchants and brands to gain a greater understanding of who their loyal customers are both within and beyond their store or product.
RentShare empowers renters to easily pay rent online and share household expenses with roommates.
Roadtrippers is the first complete travel planning and bookings platform aimed squarely at the road traveler. Effortlessly plan your route, discover amazing people, places and events to visit and pre-book everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.
Spaciety is an online booking engine and marketplace for spas and salons. They provide spas with an avenue to offload their perishable appointments and consumers a convenient, transparent way to shop and book online.
StyleZEN is the mobile personal shopper for today’s connected fashion consumer. StyleZEN seamlessly integrates online innovations like recommendation engines, social networks, and curated wish lists into brick-and-mortar fashion retail. StyleZEN improves the in-store experience for consumers and offers retailers innovative solutions to optimize pricing, increase foot traffic, and strengthen customer loyalty.
Congrats to all the teams that launched today as well as the Brandery brain-trust of Dave Knox, Rob McDonald and J.B. Kropp who are helping to foster innovation in Cincinnati.
Tech Cocktail will keep tabs on these 8 companies and keep you posted as they grow.
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